Clothing optional is both enticing and frightening - and here I'm only trying to not be the ugly American.
2012/05/15, 10:44 AM
I think the etiquatte will vary depending on the gym. I know that there are basement gyms that to me resemble dungeons with lots of chains, concrete and bare bones equipment. Power lifters seem to like fewer frills. There are basic gyms like my little community gym that has minimal room and never quite enough equipment. I've been a member in spa like places that smell like lilacs and everybody but me is wearing spandex.
Most places post rules for behavior and dress on the wall or in a pamphlet. I think as long as you wipe down equipment, are polite and aware of other people you'll be fine. I work out at home now. I like not waiting. If you are alone in a small gym you can move freely and quickly. If there are people you just have to be courteous and share. I've hardly ever run into anybody in gyms that wasn't friendly and helpful.